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Ms. Jessica Farthing  World History

Jessica Farthing started working for GCPS in 2017. She grew up in Chesterfield County, just south of the city of Richmond. She graduated from Meadowbrook High School then continued the family tradition by becoming a Hokie. She attended Virginia Tech and received a Bachelor’s in History with a Minor in Russian Studies. She stayed at the best school in the country to get her  Master’s in Education and Curriculum.

Ms. Dionne Tucker - Government

Ms. Tucker was born in Alexandria, VA but grew up in Galax, VA. She graduated from Galax High School in 1985 and pursued her education by attending Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA where she majored in Political Science and minored in Public Administration. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989.

Dionne began her career in 1992 with Galax City Public Schools as a teacher’s aide at Galax Elementary School with the Title I Reading program. Her teaching career began 8 years ago with US Government and have since taught Humanities, coached cheerleading, and been the yearbook sponsor. She is also the Minority Affairs Club sponsor. Ms. Tucker truly enjoys teaching because it keeps her in touch with today’s youth.

Mr. George Edmondson- World History II, Economics and Personal Finance

Mr. Edmondson was born in Richmond, VA and grew up in Victoria, VA in the Southside region. He graduated from Central of Lunenburg High School and Southside Virginia Community College in 2008 and pursued his education by attending Virginia Tech where he majored in History and minored in both Leadership and Social Change and Political Science. After graduating in 2012, he attended Liberty University where he received a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education.

George completed his student teaching at Galax High School with current coworker Kenny Brooms before being hired in 2013 as a Special Education Aide at Galax Elementary. Since then, he has substituted and worked as a Library Aide until being hired as a full-time teacher in 2015. He now teaches World History II, World Geography, and Economics and Personal Finance, as well as, coaches volleyball and soccer, and sponsors National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes 


Mr. Burnett grew up in Woodlawn, Virginia.  He taught and coached at Patrick County High School for several years before coming to Galax High School.  Currently, Mr. Burnett teaches VA and US History History.  He is a Virginia Tech Hokie, Washington Nationals, and Washington Redskins fan.  Mr. Burnett likes to stay active in the community, church, and sports.  He coaches baseball and girls basketball at GHS.  He and his wife Christy have 3 children, Lance, Laiken, and Laynee.